Practice Makes Perfect

November 25, 2008 at 8:10 am (Good Eats & Drinks, Napa Valley) (, )

One Thanksgiving down…one more to go!roast-turkey

This year we are not traveling to Bass Lake.  Mom had knee surgery and is kind of immobile.  So if not traveling to Grandma’s, and Mom is immobile who is cooking…Natalie, Erin and Dad.  Should be interesting!

Because I have never really cooked anything at Thanksgiving due to all of the Chiefs in the Kitchen, I was really nervous about the whole Turkey and Gravy routine.  Mashed potatoes – no problem, Stuffing – in my sleep.  But, cooking a whole bird on my own and then making gravy without lumps…dangerous!

So when my friend Blake received a turkey from his mom, I gladly volunteered to help cook it…and make the gravy.  Friday night was spent perusing Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines for the perfect recipe.  Saturday day was lists and a trip to the grocery store.  Saturday night was prep and a couple bottles of wine (wasn’t in this on my own by the way…I talked Britt into being my sous chef).  Sunday we got up early to finish the job and supervise the other elves who were making things like mashed potatoes, stuffing, and brussel sprouts with bacon and jalapeno (yummy)!

Brittany and I made the Roast Turkey with Bacon-Herb butter and Cider Gravy (Bon Appetit, November 2008).  And I can honestly say, maybe the best turkey ever.  Maybe it was the bacon, maybe it was the herb butter, or maybe it was the fact that we made it on our own…but damn, it was FABULOUS!

Now I am ready for the real “Turkey Day”.  I will walk into the kitchen with my head held high and tackle that job like nobodies business.  But, of course I do like a challenge so I have chosen a completely different recipe for the Turkey…let you know how that goes!

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